Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

Journey to the Center of Nowhere is part two of the twelfth episode of Season One, following "The Revenge of the Chicken from Outer Space".

The episode was produced in 1999 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on June 9, 2000. [2]


On the Bagge farm during a drought, the well runs out of water, as Muriel is getting ready to cook her famous "Eggplant Surprise." She doesn't notice that there is a suspicious lens on the eggplant. Meanwhile, underground, an army of angry eggplants are plotting revenge on Muriel for cooking their people and are spying on her through the eggplant camera.

While Courage is digging a new well, he discovers the eggplants' hideout and hears their secret plan to kill Muriel. Courage runs to tell Muriel, dressing up as an eggplant and demonstrating as he usually does, but she doesn't understand. Eustace then scolds the dog for slacking off of the digging of the well, and throws him down into the hole, where Courage (still dressed in his eggplant costume from when he tried to warn Muriel) drops down from above into the hideout. The eggplants mistake him for the Great Eggplant, the leader of the army, and Courage devises a plan to change their minds about killing Muriel, because the eggplants do whatever the Great Eggplant says. He almost succeeds, but the eggplants see the tag on the back of his costume and tear it off. They assume he is a spy and tie him up. The eggplants head above ground to attack the farm.

Then the army traps Eustace and captures Muriel. While they are arguing on how to cook her, Courage escapes and runs to his trusty computer to look for answers. He discovers that eggplants only attack when they need water. Courage gets an idea and while the eggplants are still arguing, Courage digs to find water. He is successful and manages to get the well working again. Water flows from the pump and the eggplants are relieved and release Muriel. Then Muriel is dismayed when she realizes she will have to cook all the now friendly eggplants. So Courage opts to enter them in a contest instead and they win first prize, while Eustace, still buried in the ground from when the eggplants trapped him, wins second.



  • The music where Courage is telling the eggplants what to do was first used in the Noodles and Nedd short Catch of the Day, which John R. Dilworth made for Sesame Street.
  • The music that is heard in title and played in the eggplant scenes is "Ride of the Valkyries" from Apocalypse Now, which would later be re-used in the episode "Ride of the Valkyries".
  • The title is a parody of the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.
  • This episode was featured as a "Bonus Toon" on the 2000 VHS The Powerpuff Girls: Birthday Bash.